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A world of opportunities for Chemical Engineers

chemcialCHEMICAL engineers are the most versatile of engineers and the field of chemical engineering presents wide-ranging career opportunities for graduates.

Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) is a leading institution in Malaysia offering chemical engineering courses.

As Curtin University’s largest international campus, Curtin Sarawak offers the same undergraduate and research degrees in chemical engineering as Curtin’s main campus in Perth, Western Australia. Furthermore, Curtin University’s chemical engineering programme ranks among the top in the world.

Like all its other engineering courses, the chemical engineering courses at Curtin Sarawak are closely linked to industry, particularly the local petroleum and plantation industries and new manufacturing and processing industries being established in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

The chemical engineering courses are recognised by Engineers Australia (EAust) and the Institution of Chemical Engineers in Australia, and in Malaysia by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), Malaysian Public Services Department (JPA) and Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).

They are also recognised by the prestigious Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK (IChemE, UK). Curtin Sarawak was the first institution in Malaysia to receive IChemE’s MacNab Medal for Excellence in Design Project in 2006, an award won in the previous year by University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Curtin’s popular Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) is a four-year, full time course with a common first year with all other engineering disciplines.

The course also leads to the postgraduate Master of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering (by research) and Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering (by research).

Curtin Sarawak deputy pro vice-chancellor Professor Ir Yudi Samyudia said, “We are committed to providing a high-quality educational experience and preparing students to live and work in a global environment.”

In line with this, the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering of the School of Engineering and Science recruits academic staff with global knowledge and international experience from all over the world.

Prof Samyudia, who is also a senior academic in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, joined Curtin Sarawak in 2005 after spending 12 years as an academic and researcher at renowned universities. He is a recipient of the Indonesian-Toray Science Foundation (ITSF) Research Award and Young Academics Award from the Department of Higher Education, Republic of Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering head Prof Dr Chua Han Bing said his staff has secured some RM2mil in external research grants.

An alumnus of Queen Mary College, London University, Prof Chua is an active researcher.

Chemical engineering senior lecturer Tan Yin Ling is a good example of such high-calibre staff.

Recipient of the prestigious 2011 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Early Career) and the 2010 Curtin Excellent and Innovation in Teaching Award, Tan is known for her innovative and effective approaches to teaching that foster independent learning.

In the past, Curtin Sarawak’s chemical engineering students have participated and won in many national and international competitions.

To further prepare its students to live and work in a global environment, the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering has formed collaborations for research, internships, guest lecturers and site visits with a number of organisations.

For details on Curtin Sarawak, log on to www.curtin.edu.my